September 2017 Archives

Motor vehicle crash deaths increase threefold at night

There are several reasons why driving during the evening and nighttime hours is more dangerous in New York and around the country. Municipalities eager to avoid rush hour traffic congestion often schedule road construction and repair crews to work at night, and drunk drivers are a persistent danger in the late night and early morning hours. Government accident data shows that the chances of being killed in a car accident are three times higher at night, but there are steps that motorists can take to reduce these risks.

Seat belt use is up in New York

Seat belt use has climbed steadily in New York, an unequivocal win for traffic safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt use can reduce the risk of fatality in a car accident by 45 percent, and reduce the likelihood of a moderate to severe injury by half. The increase in seatbelt use over the last several decades has undoubtedly saved lives.

Record number of convictions overturned in 2016

Little is said about attorneys or organizations that work to free people falsely accused of (and convicted of) crimes that they did not commit. People only seem to know about them when a person is freed from death row or are released from prison after decades of incarceration. While these stories are still more of the exception than the rule, more people are being exonerated after being found innocent despite being prosecuted.

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